Joan Wood Lecture

Joan Wood Lecture Series

The Joan Wood Lecture Series provides a forum for undergraduates to interact with women in science-related careers. Designed to encourage undergraduate women to pursue advanced degrees in science, the series showcases the many career opportunities available to science majors. Before her death in 1990, Dr. Wood was a strong advocate of women in the sciences and remained active in educational programs within the IU Department of Biology. Memorial contributions made in her honor helped establish this lecture series.

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About Joan Wood

Joan Wood spent 12 years (1969-1981) in the Department of Biology and earned two Plant Science degrees and a doctorate in Genetics. When she returned to Bloomington after attending the IU School of Medicine, she established a private medical genetics practice, enabling her to spend time with her family while pursuing a challenging career.

As a teacher, scholar, and doctor, Wood always promoted biology-related careers and encouraged women to explore job opportunities in the sciences.


  • B.A., Plant Science, Indiana University (1972)
  • M.A., Plant Science, Indiana University (1975)
  • Ph.D., Genetics, Indiana University (1981)
  • M.D., Indiana University (1983)

Career Information

  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Medical Genetics, Medical Sciences Program, Indiana University, Bloomington.
  • Consultant in Prenatal Diagnosis of Genetic Disorders (private practice).
  • Instructor of Medical Genetics, St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis.
  • Affiliated with Genetics Consultation Services and Emergency Care Physicians, Bloomington.


  • American Society of Human Genetics
  • American Colleges of Emergency Medicine
  • Monroe County Medical Society

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